Reducing Barriers to Care Webinar Series

The Alliance of Colorado Community Health Workers, Patient Navigators and Promotores de Salud, in partnership with Patient Navigation Training Collaborative, presents an online series on barrier reduction.  This webinar series is offered free of cost due to funding from the Colorado Health Foundation. You will find session recordings and resources on this page.

Housing Navigation Webinar
Date: Oct. 23, 2019
Time: 10:30 am-12 pm MT
This session featured Chelsea Kestler of Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to discuss resources for those facing housing insecurity, and Aicha Diallo with Cancer Support Community to share about a partnership with Airbnb. Open Homes via Airbnb offers free, short term housing for patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Housing Resources slides
Cancer Support Community/Airbnb slides

Cancer Screening and Homeless Navigation Webinar
CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER. New date will be announced.
This session will feature navigators from Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to share resources and strategies for reaching populations experiencing homelessness.

Session 2: Non Emergent Medical Transportation (NEMT)

This session features Transportation Policy Specialists from Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to provide an overview of the Health First Colorado Non-Emergent Medical Transportation (NEMT) benefit, including contract and vendor updates and the future of NEMT in Colorado.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2019, all Health First Colorado Non-Emergent Medical Transportation (NEMT) services will be managed by Health First Colorado’s new transportation broker, IntelliRide.

IntelliRide number: 1-855-489-4999

NEMT Presentation Slides


Session 1: Transportation

This session defines the issue and explores opportunities to help with transportation assistance. Learn about strategies to help your patients get the transportation they need to medical care. The Colorado Health Institute, American Cancer Society, Touching Hearts of eastern Colorado, and share details about their work and potential resources for Colorado communities.




Jackie Zubrzycki is a communications specialist at the Colorado Health Institute and a former education reporter and teacher based in Denver. She shared data and trends about transportation and access to health care from the 2017 Colorado Health Access Survey. Link to slides

Jen Briggs with American Cancer Society manages the Colorado Access to Care programs and Reach to Recovery for breast cancer patients. She shared about the transportation services the American Cancer Society provides and moving towards a higher focus on Access to Care and community mobilization. Link to slides

Tara Gaynor, owner of non-medical home care agency Touching Hearts at Home, presented about transportation in rural Colorado.

Annette Weber is the coordinator of the East Central Council of Local Government (ECCOG), shared about the Outback Express, a resource for residents in eastern Colorado. Link to slides

Resources Presented:

Transportation is a Barrier to Care: Issue brief from the Colorado Health Institute

Getting There Guide: A Resource for Transportation Services for the Denver Metro Area

Transit Options: Interactive online tool based on Getting There Guide

Ride Bustang: Inter-regional bus service linking Colorado’s Front Range

Seniors Resource Center: Transportation services for Denver Metro and Mountain communities

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: Available for Medicaid members with no other means of transportation

Outback Express: Serving the central plains of Colorado in the counties of Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln

Colonoscopy Transportation Resources: Downloadable list